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Australia cruise through to semis

31 July 2002

A dramatic summer storm suspended play for 10 minutes in the second half of this David v Goliath contest before Barbados crashed to a 20-1 defeat against Australia in the men’s Pool 3.

Taylor and Victory

Taylor and Victory celebrate

Despite their heaviest loss of the tournament – and the largest margin of victory in men’s Commonwealth hockey - Barbados can reflect that this was their best performance of the pool section.

After Ben Taylor (AUS) had fortuitously tucked in a 2nd minute penalty corner off a post, Barbados showed much more organisational strength than in their previous matches.

The Kookaburras were 5-0 up within 25 minutes, and had notched up nine by half-time.

Australia were soon into double figures after the break, but by far the loudest cheer of the tournament came in the 51st minute as Roger Bailey kept his nerve to coolly tuck in the rebound from Barbados’s second penalty corner of the match

He then sprinted 40 yards to the team bench where he was mobbed by his team-mates.

Barbados could even have doubled their goal tally in the 59th minute, but Mark Murray’s penalty flick cannoned off a post to the epic backdrop of a lightning storm which hastened the players’ abrupt departure as the pitch transformed into a lake.

After the break, the world’s No 2 side were stung into action and responded with an avalanche of goals in the final minutes with Craig Victory and Michael McCann both claiming four goals and Troy Elder and captain Jamie Dwyer both bagging hat-tricks.

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